NOW LIVE: A Never Before Seen Interview with Sports Legend Michael Jordan

July/August 2017
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Maggie Siff • July/August 2017

Maggie Siff plays some of the toughest—and smartest—characters on television. Read all about her career playing powerful women, from “Mad Men” to “Sons of Anarchy” to her current television series “Billions,” in the August Cigar Aficionado. Plus, we explore the top new golf courses in the United States, sit down with sportscaster Jim Rome, and take a look at Cuba's tourist boom and its resulting exorbitant price increases. Also, we rate 80 premium cigars across six categories: Churchills, corona gordas, figurados, miscellaneous, petit coronas and robustos.

Features

She's Worth Billions

She's Worth Billions

They play husband and wife on Showtime’s “Billions,” but one of the first scenes Paul Giamatti filmed with actress Maggie Siff was far from your usual get-to-know-you moment. • …

Rome Is Burning

Rome Is Burning

Picture a driver, his car on a highway. There’s traffic. Movement. Slower. Faster. Clutter on the right. Construction up ahead on the left. He’s got the radio on, listening to The …

Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

The loosening of travel restrictions to Cuba brings good news and bad news. In the 1990s, the few Americans who were approved to make the trip were smart to bring basic amenities—…

Gin’s The Thing

Gin’s The Thing

If you seek one spirit to give you endless enjoyment and room for exploration, look no further than the bracing, zesty, alluring charms of gin. It lies at the core of all true …

The New Courses Of 2017

The New Courses Of 2017

For new golf courses, 2017 is a very special year. While course development in the United States was shanked out of bounds by the economic downturn of 2008 and new constructi…

The Blackjack Ball

The Blackjack Ball

It seems like a typical Saturday night in Las Vegas. Slot machines clang from one end of the Strip to the other. Various iterations of Cirque du Soleil shows go off precisely as …

Mercedes Revs Up

Mercedes Revs Up

Arizona Route 89A is not for the faint of heart. One blind curve flows into another, the hilltops linked by short straights of well-worn asphalt with sheer cliffs menacing on …

Cigars

Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom Seeds

Tobacco growers are looking to the past for new flavor, working with old seeds once lost to the annals of time.

The Big Smoke Hits Miami Beach

The Big Smoke Hits Miami Beach

The crowd came early and stayed late, eager to be part of the first Big Smoke in Miami in nearly 20 years. It was a night of cigars, great cocktails, a festive atmosphere and some …

Connoisseur’s Corner: A Perfect Por Larrañaga

Connoisseur’s Corner: A Perfect Por Larrañaga

A corona-sized pre-Castro Cuban joined our small club of perfect cigars. The cigar, wrapped in a sleeve of cedar for the last 60 or so years, exhibited not only a perfect draw and …

Ratings from this Issue

94
points

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Toro

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Toro
94
points

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark
94
points

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 2

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
Padrón Serie 1926 No. 2
93
points

Archetype Axis Mundi Toro

Issue Date: August 1, 2017
Archetype Axis Mundi Toro

Up Front

An Open Letter to Newly Named FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

An Open Letter to Newly Named FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb

Dear Dr. Gottlieb, Congratulations on your May 9, 2017 appointment as FDA commissioner. You step into this role at a crucial time. I am writing you on behalf of a small, …

Out Of The Humidor

Out Of The Humidor

Dear Marvin, From the first time I watched “Shark Tank,” Daymond John [“A Shark with Style,” June 2017] impressed me both with his business acumen and his personality. If I …

The Good Life

Bone China Ashtrays

Bone China Ashtrays

Cigar ashtrays are often oversized statements of masculinity. They could be made from a hefty slab of metal, a portly hunk of ancient wood or perhaps a brick-thick slab of …

The Customized Gin & Tonic

The Customized Gin & Tonic

Blame it on science. When cures for malaria came along, the point of adding tonic to gin was no longer the big blast of quinine that treated, but didn’t heal, the symptoms of the …

Boston Harbor Hotel

Boston Harbor Hotel

At very few urban hotels can a visitor arrive by boat. Take the water taxi from Logan Airport to Boston Harbor Hotel, however, and you put your flight behind en route to the …

Sailing Watches

Sailing Watches

Sailing enthusiasts turned their attention to Bermuda in June, when the sport’s fiercest competitors and fastest vessels vied to take home sporting’s oldest trophy as the victor …

Baseball is Back

Baseball is Back

Two tenets of collecting that seem axiomatic are that it’s always wise to invest in that which is timeless and that men of all ages will collect baseball cards. That second notion …

Titleist 917D2 Driver

Titleist 917D2 Driver

You’ve heard the saying a thousand times on the course: drive for show, putt for dough. Leave the big dog in the bag and worry about 100 yards and in. But where’s the fun in …

Kitchen Knives

Kitchen Knives

If men involve themselves in culinary purchases it is usually with huge outdoor barbecues meant to instill grill envy in their neighbors or cast-iron, gas-driven ranges that lend …

Lexus LC500

Lexus LC500

For some folks, a day in paradise means soaking up the Hawaiian sun. For us, it’s about climbing behind the wheel of the new Lexus LC500 and heading off to explore the hidden …

The Blue Blazer

The Blue Blazer

Sartorial quiz: If a man has but one jacket to pack for a summer weekend, what is it? The answer—the standard blue blazer with its casual, but regimented look—while kind of …

Made For You, August 2017

Made For You, August 2017

In a world of fast food and one-size-fits-all sensibilities, how often does something feel made especially for you? The "Made for You" section celebrates those items that are …